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Growing Up in Florida
Kilo Kish: "I grew up in Orlando. It was pretty cool, really chill down there, really hot, kind of boring. When I turned 18, I moved to New York and I’ve been here ever since. It’s a better change of pace.
They all had these dreams of going to Stanford and all these different places and they went but that’s not my wave. I moved to New York and wanted to pursue art.
“My mom was on disability and my dad isn’t around at all. My mom was around a lot of the time and we have a really good relationship because we’re always around each other. I have one brother he’s 30-something, he lives in New Jersey. I don’t see him that much. He came to one of my shows.
“You know how people are always like I come from a family of musicians? I don’t come from one of those families. My tries to understand what’s going on but she doesn’t have a concept of like-she doesn’t know what Complex is, she doesn’t know what The Fader is but if I’m in the New York Times or if I’m in Time she’s like, ‘Oh my God.’ And I have been. But to her, everything else is somewhat irrelevant but she has no idea.
“I always wanted to do art and design and make things with my hands. In high school, I was in this weird International Baccalaureate program. I didn’t do IB Art, so I kind of just did the program as it was. It took up your whole life. After that, I didn’t want to do anything that these other people in IB wanted to do. They all had these dreams of going to Stanford and all these different places and they went but that’s not my wave. I moved to New York and wanted to pursue art.
I had a singing group in the fifth grade and it was called D’Angelz, with some asterisks and shit after that too. It was a clique and we had to audition to get into it.
“When I was growing up, I danced and the only one weird thing involving music was that I had a singing group in the fifth grade and it was called D’Angelz, with some asterisks and shit after that too. It was a clique and we had to audition to get into it. I wasn’t really good at singing so I just did some dance steps and wrote some of the songs.
"The only D'Angelz song I remember was ‘I Saw You With My Best Friend.’ I don’t even know how we wrote this but it was like, “I saw you with my best friend/Or was it some brunette/You had your arm around her/I couldn’t break through it/I can’t believe you lied to me/I can’t believe its true/When I confronted you/You didn’t know what to do.”
“We went to karaoke bars and made them call us by D’Angelz. That lasted a couple months, but I super randomly talked to one of the girls on Facebook the other day. She’s like, ‘Told you’. D’Angelz reunion, that’s going to be really scary. D’Angelz should never be resurrected.
“We listened to lot of 90s, early 2000s pop music-Britney Spears. We practiced a lot and played a lot of Christina Aguilera ‘Genie In A Bottle’ and shit. My first concert was N’Sync. I think it was the “Pop” tour. I just remember it was raining like crazy and I was in Tampa, Florida and we all had ponchos on and we could barely see them."